While the sound is similar to the music of folks like Fursaxa, Grouper and Christina Carter, there is much more immediacy, focus and a connection to folk history in the songs of Pantaleimon. While less hazy then some of her peers there is a seemingly sonic mist hanging over her songs which stops you in your tracks. There is also a rustic quality in these stripped down songs that makes us think of Bridget St. John and Hala Strana recording a record together. Plenty of folks help out by adding sounds and ambience but all do so with much subtly and respect. Who knew Andrew W.K. could be so subtle, his tasteful keyboards are heard on the record’s opener, and the list of other contributors/remixers reads like a who’s who of the musical underground (Colin Potter, Andrew Lilies, Stephen O’Malley, Fovea Hex, Lilium, etc). Heart Of The Sun is becoming the record we listen to both early in the morning and then late at night as we surrender to sleep. So beautiful!”- AQUARIUS RECORDS, USA
released August 25, 2008
“Heart Of The Sun”
1. At Dawn (Vogel)
Andrew W.K: Additional Keyboards
Produced & Remixed By Andrew W.K At: Skyscraper Studios For Skyscraper Music Maker.
2. The Sun Came Out (Dawn Porous)
Re-Structured By Colin Potter At IC Studios, 2007
3. Under The Water (Iridescence)
Additional Recordings: Laura Sheeran (voices), Cora Venus Lunny (violin), And Clodagh Simonds (bells, celeste, glass, voices, various etheric sounds). Arranged And Remixed By Fovea Hex Www.Janetrecords.Com
4. All The Birds (Melting Canvas)
Andrew Liles: Additional Instrumentation.
Produced & Remixed By Mr. Liles At The Bear Den, Brighton, 2007.
5. Today For Shore
Andria Degens: Appalachian Dulcimer
Mixed By Pantaleimon
6. Storm And Thunder (Toxoplasmosis)
Arranged And Remixed By The Bricoleur
7. Bourne (Somnialescent)
Stephen O'Malley: Additional Recordings.
Produced & Remixed By Stephen O’Malley In Kyoto, Japan, September 07. www.ideologic.org
8. Even If Love (Eclipse)
Andria Degens: Vocals
Susan Stenger: Bells, Drones, Celeste, Drum And Electric Bass.
Arranged And Mixed By Susan Stenger.
9. Raw Heart (Cloisters)
Michael Tanner: Additional Recordings.
Arranged And Remixed By Plinth
10. Heart Of The Sun (Shimmering)
Strings Of Consciousness & Pantaleimon
Andria Degens: Vocals, Raphaelle Rinaudo: Electric Harp,
Hervé Vincenti: Guitars/Keyboards, Philippe Petit: Laptop.
11. We Love (Pink Light Mix)
Produced And Remixed By Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo.
Engineered By Marco Milanesio @ O.F.F., Torino, Italy, 2007.
12. High Star (Celestial Voices)
Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti: Additional Instrumentation.
Produced And Remixed By Cartertutti.
13. I Am (Solar Dust)
Pascal Humbert: Additional Recordings (Bowed Basses, Piano, Electric Guitars). Arranged And Remixed By Lilium At The Dust Bowl Sound Factory, Western Colorado. Www.Myspace.Com/Liliummusic
14. Another Day Tomorrow
Andria Degens: Dulcimer & Drones
Mixed By: Pantaleimon
All Songs © 2007/2008 Andria Degens Except For “Even If Love” Will Oldham, © Royal Stable Music (Ascap) And ‘Heart Of The Sun’ Composed By: Degens/Rinaudo/Vincenti/Petit.
All Original Versions Of The Songs Can Be Found On “Mercy Oceans’ With The Exception Of Tracks: 5,8,10,14, Which Are Exclusive To This Release.
Front Cover Artwork: Beth Carter (www.bethcarter.co.uk
Photography "Symphony of Dreams" Yolanda Reeves
Mastered By Denis Blackham At Syke Mastering.
Layout And Design: Paul Jackson